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Fancy, effortless chicken & my strength routine

Before the week got busy (it’s an insanely busy week for me work-wise), I made this chicken dish that caught my eye. Don’t let the photo fool you..it’s divine. Apple + goat cheese = perfect combination! This is a show-stopper recipe with minimal effort, ingredients, and time. My kinda cookin’! You too? Try this!! 😀

Goat Cheese and Apple Chicken slightly adapted from Confessions of a City Eater

2-3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (~10 oz), halved to thin
3/4 1 1/3 cup Saltine cracker crumbs
1/2 1 tsp garlic salt
1 egg
2 Tbsp olive oil
3 4 oz goat cheese, at room temperature
1/2 1 apple, skinned, cored, and diced
salt, to season
pepper, to season
maple syrup


Preheat oven to 250° 300° F. Line a baking dish with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray.

Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a small bowl combine the cracker crumbs and garlic salt. In another small bowl whisk the egg with a fork. Dip the seasoned chicken into the egg and then the cracker mixture.

Over medium heat, add the oil and then cook the chicken until brown and crispy and cooked through. Place the chicken on the baking dish.

In another small bowl combine the goat cheese and the apples. Spread mixture evenly over the chicken breasts. Drizzle with maple syrup.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until cheese is warm and browned. Remove from oven. Drizzle with more maple syrup. Serve and enjoy! Serves 4.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 300 calories; 18.3 g. fat; 108 mg. cholesterol; 609 mg. sodium; 16.8 g. carbohydrate; 1.3 g. fiber; 5.3 g. sugar; 22.3 g. protein

Result: This was really, really delicious. I absolutely LOVE goat cheese, and the combination with apple was divine! I’ve never used saltine cracker crumbs to bread chicken and it worked beautifully…the chicken got crispy and browned so easily…and more importantly, without gobs of oil. Mr. P loved this dish, too…it is very “fancy”…but effortless, a very simple dish that comes together quickly and doesn’t require many ingredients. I omitted the maple syrup because I didn’t feel it added any taste and was just as good without. So, why not save the calories, right? 😉


Yesterday I shared my recording & accountability system in the form of charts for my new strength training endeavors. And, as promised, here are the details of my efforts:

Upper Body

bicep curls w/ resistance band (2 sets of 12)
90° angle bicep curls w/ 8# weights (2 sets of 12)
tricep extensions w/ 8# weights (2 sets of 12)
tricep kick-backs w/ 8# weights (2 sets of 12)
chest press w/ resistance band (2 sets of 12)
pyramid push-ups (15-14-13…etc.)
lateral row, bent at waist w/ resistance bands (2 sets of 12)
shoulder row w/ resistance bands (2 sets of 12)
shoulder raise, side lateral, w/ resistance bands (2 sets of 12)
60 second plank
60 second plank, right and left, bent elbow
crunches w/ mini stability ball, side-to-side (2 sets of 25)


Lower Body

squats w/ 13# weights (2 sets of 12)
lunges, right and left w/ 8# weights (2 sets of 12)
side lunges, right and left w/ 8# weights (2 sets of 12)
wall sits w/ stability ball (set of 20)
calf raises w/ stability ball (set of 20)
quad walking w/ ankle cuffs, right and left (30 seconds)
glute raise w/ ankle cuffs, right and left (2 sets of 10)
abductor raises w/ ankle cuffs, right and left (2 sets of 8)
cyclic crunches w/ medicine ball (set of 50)
crunches w/ mini stability ball (set of 50)

Again, I will do 1 day a week of upper body strength training, 1 day a week of lower body strength training, and 1 day of full-body strength training. Baby steps! My first workout will be TONIGHT in the form of upper body! I have a Sensipar® dinner/presentation to go to tonight, so I’m going to take a rest from cardio and just stick with weights for today. Grumble…

Question: What is your favorite food combination? Doesn’t have to be creative…just YUM! No shame in PB & J! 😉

Be well,

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  1. October 19, 2010 / 6:27 am

    Sounds like you’ve been super busy, Nicole! I can only imagine! And to have time to make goat cheese and apple chicken – I am quite impressed. Especially as goat cheese (or any cheese) and apple is one of my favorite combos. Also, cheddar and apple pie, mmm. I guess that’s kind of the same thing ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Have a great rest of your week, Nicole!

  2. October 19, 2010 / 6:42 am

    Chocolate and peanut butter! But I also love apple and cheese. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. October 19, 2010 / 6:52 am

    Apple and goat cheese sounds lovely. I also enjoy brie and pear but my favorite would be peanut butter and chocolate like Jessica. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and salty (though my former addiction to Wendy’s french fries dipped in frosties is a close second).

  4. October 19, 2010 / 8:13 am

    This recipe looks yummy! Goat cheese is one of my favorites! I love a good combination of sweet and salty, like sea salt brownies or sea salt caramels mmmm mmm!!

  5. October 19, 2010 / 8:35 am

    Love the recipe!

    Right now I’m loving nutella on a saltine cracker! There’s something about that salty sweet combo that I love ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. October 19, 2010 / 8:51 am

    I pretty much like anything with goat cheese, so this recipe is getting saved. My favorite combo right now is roasted red pepper hummus and tortilla chips.

  7. October 19, 2010 / 10:28 am

    You know, I don’t think I’ve ever had goat cheese & apple together! It sounds really delicious though! One of my favorite combos is apple & cheddar…soooooooo good! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. October 19, 2010 / 10:33 am

    Awesome strength training! I have started doing some of that too, and mixing it up with short kicks of cardio. I also love apple and goat cheese, you’ve inspired me to make something fantastic ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. October 19, 2010 / 10:45 am

    I love trying out new chicken dishes..I bet this is as fabulous as you say..I’ll add it to my list ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. October 19, 2010 / 11:36 am

    It must be apple and chicken week since I made a recipe with those items too LOL Adding goat cheese sounds delicious. Right now I love goat cheese with beets though!

  11. October 19, 2010 / 12:16 pm

    This isn’t healthy, but since childhood, my favorite comfort food combo has been salami and peanut butter! The salami is salty and tangy and the peanut butter is sweet and creamy. I would eat it as a sandwich and sometimes even add nacho cheese Doritos for a cheezy crunch. I know it may sound gross, but when I was a kid it was four things we always had on hand: bread, peanut butter, salami, and cheese Doritos! My how my eating habits have changed since then : )

  12. October 19, 2010 / 12:19 pm

    That looks like a yummy chicken dish!

    My favorite flavor combo would have to be something sweet. I can’t think what I would pick as my top choice right now though.

  13. October 19, 2010 / 1:02 pm

    This recipe sounds delish! Apples and cheese is definitely a great combo!!

    Good job with your workout, Nicole!

  14. October 19, 2010 / 2:19 pm

    My favorite food combo would have to include peanut butter. Pb with bread, chocolate, fruit, chicken you name it I love pb!

  15. October 19, 2010 / 6:09 pm

    Chocolate, banana and PB is my fave combo of all time, at least in the sweets department. Cheese and tomato also. Mmm, I could go for some pizza and it is 10 pm here. Maybe I should just go to bed.

  16. October 19, 2010 / 6:46 pm

    YEAHH GIRL IT GIRL! your routine sounds awesome!!

  17. October 19, 2010 / 8:01 pm

    I forgot how much I love goat cheese with apples. I will be back on soft cheeses soon enough. I hear you about being busy. It must be the fall season.

    Flavor combination currently is butternut squash with pasta. Just so tasty.

  18. October 19, 2010 / 10:31 pm

    oh la la great combo

  19. October 19, 2010 / 11:16 pm

    You had me at goat cheese! Looks like an awesome routine.

  20. October 21, 2010 / 3:43 am

    It sounds gross but my favorite combo is sweet watermelon and hummus

  21. October 23, 2010 / 12:22 am

    Apples and goat cheese do sound like the perfect combo, of course I’m a fan of goat cheese with everything ๐Ÿ™‚

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